Gabby Jahanshahi-Edlin is a creative consultant, social entrepreneur, female business leader, and speaker on social and cultural change – mainly to do with female health and period equity.
In 2016, she founded the first-of-its-kind charity, Bloody Good Period, and worked as CEO until 2022. Through her charity, she changed the way we talk about periods at home, in the workplace, and on a wider national level.
Her entrepreneurial skills and charitable nature has seen her named one of London’s Most Influential People by The Evening Standard, a Top 50 Trailblazer in Gender Equality by We Are The City, and one of the 100 trailblazers redefining the creative art industry by recruitment website The Dots.
She has appeared on television shows, including The Last Leg, Sky News and BBC News. She has been featured in several written publications, including The Metro, The Sunday Times, Third Sector Magazine, Vogue, Stylist, The Evening Standard, and Glamour.
Now a proficient keynote speaker, Gabby has spoken for beauty brands, global conglomerates, Universities and many others.
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In connection with Bloody Good Period, Gabby Jahanshahi-Edlin co-founded Bloody Good Employers in 2019, a programme which offered education about periods and menopause to employers. It would go on to release a groundbreaking report on periods in the workplace and be named one of NatWest’s SE100 2022 Top 100 Social Enterprises in the UK. As well as wanting equality for those menstruating, she demanded equality in invoices. In 2019, she co-founded ‘More Than Money’, an online community to help people engaged in social purpose work get the pay they deserve.
She is also a contributing writer for Moving Ahead’s Inclusion Edit, looking at diversity, inclusion and equality to create curated content that is easy to digest and successful in creating change. She has contributed several articles to publications, including Glamour (trans inclusion and antisemitism), Metro UK (Covid and periods, and period poverty), and Third Sector (abandon racist power plays), and has featured in the books It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (2019) by Scarlett Curtis, and Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon (2021) by Rosie Day.
As well as appearing on mainstream news programmes, Gabby has also appeared on several podcasts, including About Race, The Sunday Times’ Secrets of the Side Hustle, Protein’s Stories of Growths, Anthems, Founders For Good and Period Power.
While most of Gabby’s work is directed at women, she has also provided information for men through her initiative ‘Stay in the Room’. This included her own podcast, where she invited male guests, including Dane Baptiste, Jordan Stevens and Nish Kumar.
– Radical Kindness in Leadership
– Turning the Taboo into Cool
– Using Humour to Talk about Difficult Subjects
– Culture and Behaviour Change
– Female Health and Inequalities
– Starting and Sustaining a Movement
– Using Your Creativity and Authenticity to Make Change
– Being a Female Founder
– Periods and Menstruation
Gabby also provides a Creative Consultant service, providing a range of strategic and creative communications for social change companies, focussing on building and sustaining values and reputation.
Adidas, Allbright, Apple, Bacardi, The Body Shop, British Library, Disney, Global Witness, The Guardian, Media Trust, Ogilvy, Reset – The Festival of Motherhood and Mental Health, Third Sector, UK Government, Women of the Worlds,
Gabby gave an engaging and honest talk. She has an inspiring story and an incredible understanding of leadership and what it takes to run a social enterprise that matters. The team took a lot of take-aways from the talk and it will no doubt help to shape the work we do
Bex Band, Love Her Wild, 2023
Just wow! Brilliant. Even through Zoom the engagement from staff was evident.
Global Witness, 2021
Thanks for giving an excellent talk at the Central Saint Martins, Culture & Enterprise Symposium. You were incredibly engaging and you delivered a memorable talk, sharing your business expertise, entrepreneurial insights and knowledge on sustaining impact. Thank you.
University of the Arts London, 2022
Gabby recently appeared as a guest on the Smashing the Ceiling podcast, where I had the pleasure of interviewing her about her career so far, including the founding and subsequent growth of Bloody Good Period. Gabby is articulate, intelligent and engaging; she was an honest, open and very popular guest, and I wish her every success with her future endeavours.
Naomi Mellor, Founder of the International Women’s Podcast Awards